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Call for Papers

ABA Australia
2022 Conference
29th to 31st July



Call for Papers

The ABA Australia is a professional organisation that seeks to assist in the development and advancement of the field of behaviour analysis within Australia through research, education, and dissemination of information.

Our 2022 Conference offers a unique opportunity to showcase the science of behaviour analysis in terms of its wide application and relevance worldwide and in the Australian context. We are looking forward to having a diverse range of researchers, professionals and academics currently working in the field of behaviour analysis, both here and internationally, to share their work. It will also provide an exciting and wide range of learning opportunities for anyone interested in the science of behaviour analysis. We would like to invite you to consider participating in what is sure to be an amazing event.

Do you have research to present? A project you are working on? We would love to hear about the great work you are doing in the field of behaviour analysis and provide an opportunity for you to share it with our delegates at our 2022 Conference in Sydney.

New this year, break out sessions to present clinical cases studies. Have an interesting applied case, but the lack experimental control for a research presentation? Don't worry, we have a new session type dedicated to clinical case studies.

Submissions will be open in December 2021 for posters, papers, clinical cases, symposiums, and panel discussions.

Check out our Call for Papers Guidelines for more info.

Submission link at bottom of page

All speakers, whether invited or accepted via the Call for Papers must be aware of, and agree to, the ABA Australia's Conference Terms and Conditions for Speakers 2022, including the speaker registration fee, Non-Commercial Policy and Events Code of Conduct.

If you are not attending the conference, but you are the primary contact for a submitted proposal, please ensure you also are aware of our Terms and Conditions.

We welcome presentations related to:

  • Developmental Disability
  • Mental Health
  • Education
  • Organisational Behaviour Management
  • Education
  • Experimental Analysis of Behaviour
  • Sexual Behaviour
  • Health
  • Applied Animal Behaviour
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Autism
  • Supervision
  • Ethics
  • Behavioural Insights/Economics
  • Climate Change/Sustainability
  • Cultural Diversity
  • NDIS
  • and many more!

New this year stream in applied animal behaviour, looking for any case study or research on the application of behaviour analysis with any species!

Submission Dates


Workshop Proposal

Abstract submissions open:
15 December 2021

Submissions due:
15 February 2022

Notification of decision:
1 March 2022


Abstract Paper/Symposium/Panel

Abstract submissions open:
15 December 2021

Submissions due:
15 March 2022
EXTENDED to 31/3/22

Notification of decision:
15 April 2022

Posters/Clinical Case Studies

Abstract submissions open:
15 December 2021

Poster submission due:
15 May 2022

Notification of decision:
30 May 2022

Posters Extended until 15/6/22

Notification of decision:
 16 June 2022



Posters are physical displays of information, usually reporting empirical research. Submissions must demonstrate that the work to be reported has scientific merit and is well advanced. Data-based posters, which require a graph or chart of data, will receive preference. Poster session will be held on the Saturday evening, 30th July (at the end of Day 1 presentations). Presenters are expected to be with their poster, interact with attendees, and answer questions about the content of their posters.


Paper submissions are individual oral presentations, usually concerned with conceptual, historical, or methodological issues. A paper submission may report complex empirical research. Paper presentations are 25, 50, or 75 minutes in length. Paper submissions that do not meet these guidelines may be considered for re-assignment as posters or clinical case presentation.


Organized by a chairperson who moderates the session and focused on empirical, conceptual, historical, or methodological research. The Conference Committee will give preference to symposium submissions that are organized around a central theme. Up to three speakers may present in a symposium totalling 75 minutes.  Presentations within symposium submissions that do not meet these guidelines may be considered for re-assignment as individual papers or posters.


Panel discussions consist of a minimum of three panellists and run for 75 minutes. A panel discussion is organized by a chairperson who is the session’s moderator. Multiple speakers are invited to respond to a specific question or issue. These responses form the basis for discussion between the speakers themselves and the audience regarding the topic.

Panels bridging basic and applied science are encouraged. The Conference Committee will give preference to panels that include panellists from multiple organisations or areas of specialisation.

Clinical Case Studies

New Presentation Format

The purpose of the clinical case study presentations at the Annual Conference is strictly educational. Clinical case studies should detail a particular clinical case, describe the clinical background of the individual, assessment, intervention and present data. As a whole, your case presentation should be an informative and useful part of a behaviour analyst’s on-going education.

Clinical case study presentations should be those of interesting topics in ABA. Most cases tend to have a lot in common, which is fine, but you should try to put the emphasis in your presentation on what makes your clinical case study different from the others. There is always something that is different about each case, and the difference tends to be the most interesting aspect for the audience.

So try to find out how your project is different, and then emphasise that in your submission.

Submissions for acceptance in this category will be evaluated based on relevance to the fields of behaviour analysis in the areas of assessment, intervention, staff training, basic conceptual understanding, program design, and acceptability to our members. Preference will be given to studies that include measures of baseline and intervention, as well as data related to treatment fidelity.

The total time allotted to each speaker is 18 minutes which includes 15 minutes of presentation and 3 minutes for questions.


The Annual Conference will feature a series of half and full-day workshops (requiring attendees to pay an extra fee beyond standard conference registration). We invite submissions for a proposed workshops. Workshops should highlight current topics related to behaviour analysis, in particular education, disability, supervision, or ethics are encouraged to submit. Workshops should be designed to teach new skills that may be used by the participants. The format of the workshop must involve extensive audience participation, use of handouts, opportunities for participants to practice the skills, and/or the use of guided notes. Note that a workshop is not a sales or marketing event, and any commercial advertising efforts are prohibited.

Presenters limit enrollment and specify the academic level of participants. Participants are charged a materials fee (optional; set by the instructor) and tuition, which is used in part to pay workshop presenters. Presenters will be paid 20% of workshop price per ticket sold for their workshop.

Things to Consider

Before you submit

It is required that you read the Call for Papers Guidelines before you submit.

When submitting your abstract, please follow the guidelines below to what your abstract should include:

  • Be concise. Abstracts must not exceed 200 words. The abstracts which do not meet this word limit will be asked for revisions.
  • Have an introductory statement that outlines the background and significance of the study
  • Have a succinct description of the basic methodologies (include research design, where appropriate)
  • Have a clear indication of the major findings of the study
  • Have a concluding statement
  • Submissions may not be advertisements of institutions/organisations as would be more typical of vendor or institution exhibits.

The online submission process takes you through a step-by-step guide to submission and allows you to submit multiple abstracts. Once the abstract has been submitted, you will not be able to make any further changes. If at anytime throughout the process you need assistance, please email events@auaba.com.au

After you submit

You will receive a confirmation email that your abstract has been received within a week of submitting your abstract.

Following acceptance into the program, you can register to attend the conference. Flash sale registration fees will be extended to successful presenters and you will be provided with an email with a link to register at this rate along with the date by which you will need to be registered. 

When will I find out my results?

Email notification of programming decisions will come by the  deadlines listed above and the working program will be posted to the website. 

If your abstract is not accepted in the program and you wish to cancel your registration please do so within 5 business days of abstract notification or standard cancellation penalties apply.

Will my abstract be published online?

A couple of weeks before the conference, the final program will be published to this website along with a pdfs of the speaker bios and abstracts. Presenters agree to permit the conference organisers to publish the abstract in the conference program and other conference materials as required.

BACB Learning Continuing Education

ABA Australia will provide Learning Continuing Education (CEs) to  Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analysts (BCaBAs), Board Certified Behaviour Analysts (BCBAs), Board Certified Behaviour Analysts-Doctoral (BCBA-Ds) for our annual 2020 conference. If you are a BCBA or BCBA-D in good standing OR meet the criteria below, we encourage you to complete CE application when you submit your presentation.

To qualify as BACB Learning CEs, a presentation must:

  1.     Cover behaviour analysis theory, methodology, or practice.
  2.     Further or maintain the skills or knowledge of BCaBAs, BCBAs, and/or BCBA-Ds.
  3.     Adhere to the BACB Guidelines for Responsible Conduct during the presentation.
  4.     Presented, co-presented, or supervised by an individual who meets BACB CE instructor requirements.

We thank you very much for participating in what we are sure will be a wonderful event, made possible by your contribution. For any queries or questions regarding the conference please contact us via email: events@auaba.com.au



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